23 May 2019

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For more information please contact Prof. dr. Peter Kuppens, tel.: +32 16 32 61 08, mail: 
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You can apply for this job no later than June 23, 2019 via the online application tool
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The successful candidate will work in the Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences under the supervision of Peter Kuppens, Francis Tuerlinckx, and Wolf Vanpaemel. The group offers an international, productive, collaborative, and interactive environment with about 6 faculty and 26 graduate and postgraduate students. 

The University of Leuven is a research-oriented institution and is consistently ranked among the top research universities in Europe. Leuven is one of the oldest university towns in Europe, about 30 km from Brussels. It has a rich history and a unique friendly atmosphere.

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The high prevalence of mood disorder is one of the most pressing challenges for today’s society. Any research, prevention, and development of treatment for mood disorder stands or falls with the quality with which people’s mood and risk for mood disorder can be reliably measured. The aim of the current project is to develop innovative and low-burden methods that allow to capture people’s mood, mood dynamics, and their associated risk for mood disorder in the context of daily life. The project will make use of experience sampling methods and psychometric modeling and will involve the collection of data in both clinical and non-clinical populations.


The applicant must have a Master's degree in behavioral sciences (preferably psychology), and have excellent English communication and writing skills.Preferably, the candidate has prior experience in research using experience sampling methods, measurement and psychometrics, and/or clinical psychology. The position requires enrollment in the PhD-program of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. 


We offer encouraging daily guidance, excellent research facilities, conference/travel budget, and a competitive salary with various additional benefits (in terms of holidays, health insurance, transport costs). A PhD position is offered for an initial year, renewable for up to 4 years, and is expected to result in the completion of a PhD. The starting date is October 1st 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.